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Nissan Completes First Autonomous Test of Leaf in Japan

It plans to have autonomous vehicles on sale by 2020

 
 
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Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to test autonomous vehicles on public Japanese roads

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has completed its first test of the autonomous LeafLEAFNissan LEAFJapan, 2009 > present30 versions
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on public highways in Japan.

The autonomous system can operate the car’s steering, brakes and throttle. It can drive the car automatically while cruising on the expressway, merge intro traffic and change lanes all while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.

“Through these tests on an expressway, we hope to further advance our technological development, with the goal of soon implementing Autonomous Drive vehicles,” said Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga.

The autonomous drive was completed on the Sagami Expressway in Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, with the prefecture’s governor on board.

Nissan has a goal of having autonomous vehicles on sale by 2020. It is the first company in Japan to be certified to test an autonomous vehicle on public roads. It has also built a dedicated test center in Japan to develop autonomous technology.

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